Yearly Archives: 2008

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A Brocken Spectre on Coniston Old Man

30th December 2008

For our last walk of 2008 Ged, Kas the blind dog and I headed for Coniston. We parked at the Fell Gate and headed for Coniston Old Man (2633ft) via the old mine workings and Low Water. We then went to Brim Fell (2611ft) and Swirral How (2630ft) and d…


A Few Dodds

24th April 2008

Today I had an opportunity to do a walk that was not circular. Brendan was off to Carlisle so he could drop me off and pick me up somewhere else, I chose to do the remainder of the Helvellyn range from Raise to Clough Head. Which includes Raise (2889…


A Few Dodds, But No Mist

16th May 2008

Today I had another opportunity to do a walk that was not circular. Brendan was off to Carlisle again so he could drop me off and pick me up somewhere else, I chose to re-do the remainder of the Helvellyn range from Raise to Clough Head which I did t…


A walk around Grasmere and Rydal water

24th July 2008

On Wednesday Tom and I met up with friends Bar and Dave (and Norman the bear!)  from Lincolnshire and we walked around Grasmere and Rydal Water. A walk of about 5 miles. A good little walk with not much effort involved.    …


Carrauntoohil, Ireland’s Highest Mountain

14th August 2008

Friday was one of the few decent days, it rained a lot over the two weeks and the mist was down over the Reeks on most days . We set off from the cottage at 7.50am and picked Steve up at eight (Brendan`s second cousin who has the farm two miles down…


Castle Crag, High Spy and Maiden Moor

28th April 2008

Yesterday Ged, Kas and I set off for Borrowdale to climb the smallest Wainwright, Castle Crag (956ft), plus High Spy (2143ft) and Maiden Moor (1887ft). The forecast was for heavy rain, but there was to be good visibility out of the rain. We had a cof…


Coniston Coppermine Valley Walk

12th February 2008

Today Brendan, Tom and I went to explore the Coppermines Valley. We started at the Black Bull and walked up beside Church Beck. At the Miners Bridge we crossed over and walked down via the Sun Inn. Then we put back all the calories we had used up wit…


Coniston Old Man to Dow Crag

11th February 2008

Finally we reach half-term and get a glorious day. Janet and I, plus Poppy and Miffy the dogs, went to Torver and trekked up to Coniston Old Man (2633ft) by the Boo Tarn route that goes via Bursting Stone Quarry and the south ridge, then over to Dow…


Crete: Samaria Gorge Walk

10th June 2008

The last time we visited Crete we walked the Samaria Gorge which we thoroughly enjoyed so this time we did it again with Tom. The Gorge is the longest in europe at 18km (11 miles) long. It is formed by a river flowing between Mount Volakias to the we…


Five Fells and a Priest Hole

2nd April 2008

The forecast for yesterday was poor, but Ged and I still decided to do the Dovedale Horseshoe which includes High Hartstop Dodd (1702ft), Little Hart Crag (2091ft), Dove Crag (2603ft), Hart Crag (2698ft) and Hartsop Above How (1870ft) and a diversion…


Four Fells and Red Deer on The Nab, from Hartsop

16th April 2008

Today Ged and I went back to Hartsop and did four more summits. Rest Dodd (2283ft), The Nab (1887ft), Brock Crags (1842ft) and Angletarn Pikes (1857ft). A walk of about 10 miles. The 10 miles took us nearly eight and a half hours. A good day, but nee…


Gummers How in Snow

3rd December 2008

There are blizzards and a weather warning forecast for tonight and tomorrow so I thought I`d better take advantage of the sunshine and do a short walk up Gummers How in order to admire the hills. It would be too dangerous to attempt the higher fells…


Hallin Fell and the Lakeside Path

14th April 2008

St. Bernards were not in school today so Tom and I went to Glenridding, on the shores of Ullswater, to take the Steamer to Howtown. We then climbed Hallin Fell (1271ft) and took the lakeside path back to Glenridding, a walk of about 8 miles in all. W…


Hard Knott and Wallowbarrow

30th June 2008

There was no school for Tom or me today so we had a couple of walks planned. Hard Knott (1811ft) and Wallowbarrow Gorge. We had set off before 8am and headed for the Roman Fort of Mediobogdum at the start of the Hardknott Pass. We returned to the New…


Harter Fell and Green Crag

20th May 2008

On Tuesday Janet the dogs and me went up Harter Fell (2140ft) and Green Crag (1602ft) from Birks in the Duddon Valley. A walk of about 7 miles. We skirted around Harter Fell and went back via Birks. The walk took about five hours. It was windy and co…


Hartsop Dodd and Caudale Moor

22nd April 2008

On Tuesday I went back to Hartsop to do the final two fells accessible from here. Ged was in Tenerife climbing 12,000ft volcanoes, and Janet was horse riding, so it would be a solitary walk. I did Hartsop Dodd (2028ft) and Caudale Moor (2502ft). The…


Helm Crag

19th March 2008

I took this week off work to do the garden and make the most of the good weather. Janet wanted to go to Hayes Garden Centre at Ambleside today, so as rain was forecast tomorrow and I`d completed all the weeding we decided to kill two birds with one s…


High Rigg and St. John’s in the Vale

21st July 2008

Yesterday was a superb hot weather day so Tom, Ged, Kas and I went to St. Johns in the Vale to do the circuit of High Rigg (1165ft), an easy five mile walk. We started form the church at the north end of the fell climbing up the grass behind the Yout…


Lingmell and Scafell Pike in Blue Skies and Snow

4th March 2008

I did not intend to go walking today, but on looking out of the bedroom window I saw blue skies and mountains covered in snow. So I decided on a solitary walk up Lingmell (2649ft) and maybe Scafell Pike (3210ft) from Wasdale. I set off at nine and st…


Morecambe Promenade to Heysham Church Walk

29th July 2008

On Sunday Brendan was visiting his Mum in Heysham, so he dropped me off at the start of the Morecambe Promenade to walk the length of it to Heysham, 4.42 miles or 7077m. A good walk for a warm, non-windy day.  …


Nab Scar and Alcock Tarn

28th July 2008

On Monday Ged, Kas, Tom and I went to Rydal, parking at Rydal Mount to climb Nab Scar (1450ft) and walk to Alcock Tarn and back to Rydal via the Old Coffin Route, about 4 miles. A very hot day! Good job I chose an easy walk! Jo…


Seven Summits Around Hayeswater

10th April 2008

Yesterday Janet and the dogs Poppy, Daisy, little Miffy and me went to Hartsop to climb seven of the summits on the other side of the Kirkstone Pass. The summits included: The Knott (2423ft), Rampsgill Head (2598ft), High Raise (2623ft), Kidsty Pike…


Sour Howes, Sallows and Troutbeck Tongue

20th July 2008

This morning we set off about half eight for Troutbeck to walk up Sour Howes (1585ft), Sallows (1691ft) and Troutbeck Tongue (1191ft). We parked off the road before the church and set off up the Garburn Pass that leads to Kentmere. The walk was eight…


South Walney Nature Reserve

2nd November 2008

The weather was excellent today so we went down to the South End of Walney Island to the Nature Reserve to look out for seals.This is free for residents. We set out for the old pier that looks out to Piel Island. The walk is very easy and only about…


Three Fells from Mardale

23rd September 2008

Today was one of the best days for a while so I decided to do a solitary walk from Mardale over the Gatesgarth Pass to Harter Fell (2552ft), Kentmere Pike (2397ft) and Shipman Knotts (1926ft) and then all the way back again.  A walk over just over 9…


Walney Island Beach with Janet’s Dogs

27th March 2008

It was a nice day today but heavy, dark cloud in the hills and we didn`t fancy a drenching. So Janet and I took a walk from my house up to the north end of Walney with Poppy and Miffy and Janet`s brother`s dog, Daisy….she is in the photo below…


Wansfell Pike

7th May 2008

Today myself, Janet, her daughter Jenna and the dogs Poppy, Daisy and Miffy went to Ambleside to climb Wansfell (1597ft) via Wansfell Pike and then walk to Troutbeck and back to Ambleside via Skelghyll Wood. A walk of about seven and a half miles. We…